What's On

Thursday 7 May, 2pm, free of charge

Hats Off To Clare

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of Bealtaine Festival

This one man show performed by Gerard Howard and written and directed by Paul Brennan is based on a hilarious and surreal romp through time with some of Clare’s most famous characters – real and fictional – and how they might have interacted had they ever met.  Pile them all into the West Clare Railway and see where they end up!  What will Mr de Valera make of Percy French?  And how will the famous clown Johnny Patterson and submarine inventor John Phillip Holland get on?

Friday 22 May, 8pm, €15

Pipers Union in concert, with Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh

as part of Fleadh Nua 2015

Pipers Union, comprising David Power, Ciarán Somers and their old friend Dónal Clancy, is a tight-knit trio, incorporating traditional and contemporary styles to deliver rousing ballads, soft love songs, lively dance tunes and haunting airs.

Award-winning musicians in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are quickly becoming one of the foremost duets in Ireland today. Their music & dance is rooted in the tradition; full of spirit, soul and life. Together on fiddle, concertina and dance, they breathe fire into traditional tunes - not to be missed!

Saturday 23 May, 8pm, €15

Seán Ó Sé and the Turloughmore Céilí Band

as part of Fleadh Nua 2015

Fleadh Nua will honour the legendary singer Seán Ó Sé on this special night. Seán, a native of Bantry, Co. Cork has an instantly recognisable voice and his performance of 'An Poc ar Buille' in the early 1960's established his reputation as a well known singer.
Seán performed with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann until Ó Riada's untimely death in 1971. Over the years he has toured and recorded extensively, including a recording with the Turloughmore Céilí Band.

Sunday 24 May, 8pm, €5

‘Maestro’ - the music of Bobby Casey

as part of Fleadh Nua 2015

In 1969 and 1970, Séamus Mac Mathúna recorded the legendary West Clare fiddle player, Bobby Casey, in London. These invaluable recordings are part of the Comhaltas Archive. A CD of many of these recordings has been produced by the Cois na hAbhna Archive and will be launched at Fleadh Nua, when many musicians, including friends who played with Bobby, will perform and pay tribute to one of Clare's greatest musicians.